Do you feel like you lack focus during the day? Do you have a hard time concentrating on important tasks? If you feel like you just can’t stop moving around through the day and cannot stay focused on one thing for more than a few minutes you may want to get checked out by your doctor for adult ADD.
There is no actual evidence of what causes adult ADD. It is sometimes blamed on television, sugar intake, or problems within the home. Usually when someone is diagnosed with ADD they have a family member who also has it. There is no set-in-stone reason as to why an adult would develop ADD.
There are three different types of ADD that are found in adults. There is hyperactive-impulsive, inattentiveness, and a combination of the two. If you have hyperactive-impulsive ADD you will constantly be moving or shaking limbs when sitting. You will also make quick and impulsive decisions without really thinking of the long-term consequences, such as buying an expensive car when you already have a car that works. Those who are diagnosed with inattentiveness cannot concentrate on one thing for very long. They also have trouble finishing tasks or following directions to start the tasks in the first place.
There are no specific tests to diagnose ADD. The doctors will look at the different symptoms that you are experiencing. Most of the time people who have ADD go undiagnosed because they just feel like they can’t get anything done; they don’t feel that there is anything physically wrong with them.
Treatments for adult ADD include therapy and medication. Medication is something that should be researched carefully and you should have a long conversation with your doctor before deciding on meds. Treatment should be sought however because the effects of ADD in adults can lead to relationship problems and work problems.